I have this habit now of going to the Kenton County Public Library over in here Covington, Kentucky every couple weeks and picking out three books to read. Don’t ask me why, but it’s always three books.
One of those three books I pick out is usually a Philip Roth novel. I read “Portnoy’s Complaint” years ago and really enjoyed it, but somehow I stopped reading Roth. I think sometimes there are too many writers and not enough time, but I wanted to start reading his books again. After all, Roth is a great writer.
So far I’ve read four. “Sabbath’s Theater” I just couldn’t get into—just all over the place and too long of a book. I loved “The Humbling” and so far, “Nemesis” has been my favorite. I just got finished with “The Human Stain” which was another novel of Roth’s that was simple too long for me.
I want to point out I read all these books to completion. I feel like I owe a writer who has gone through the process of writing a book to read it from beginning to end.
Of course, the Roth books I didn’t care for all that much won major book awards. That shows you how little I know. Maybe my attention span is getting shorter in my “declining” years. If that’s the case, then I’m too old to worry about it.
I’ll be back here on Wednesday, going to the library tomorrow.
(Photo from The New Yorker)